BlackBerry, a Little History.

Somehow, and by the success obtained in the last few months it seems that BlackBerry is relatively recent, however these devices have been on the market since 1999.

A BlackBerry as we know it today is a wireless laptop that supports email, mobile phone, SMS, web browsing and other wireless information services. Its creators are the Canadian company, Research In Motion (RIM), and are based to convey the information in the wireless data networks of mobile phone companies.

If we were to talk about the true popularity of the devices BlackBerry, We our in the current century, and more particularly from 2004, in November of this year, Research In Motion announced that they had more than 2 million users worldwide (earlier this year had a million). So it took five years to get the first million, and only 10 months to have twice as many users. Obviously the system was beginning to be a success.

In May 2005, less than a year later, BlackBerry It had 5 million users, the growth rate was increasing, which has confirmed and exceeded in the past two years, in which RIM has added another 9 million subscribers. Now BlackBerry has about 14 million subscribers.

And the story began with a “search”.The first model of the family was the 850, that in fact was what is known here as a pager. We were in 1999, the AOL internet time and hardly mobile was implanted, but the need for a less dependent on fixed job labor made this device starts to make sense, offered an organizer, calendar, BlackBerry email, and wireless access to Internet (WAP).

As a curiosity the device had only two batteries, and in 2005, PC World chose it as the gadget n ° 14 of the last 50 years.

The progress series 857/957These models will already be looking more to what we know today as BlackBerry. The increases from 6-8 lines to 16-20 incorporates rechargeable lithium battery, doubled the internal memory from 4 MB to 8MB flash and 512 KB SRAM to a full megabyte. It seems that with these models, RIM found his working model for the future.

Its next update were models 5790/5810. First BlackBerry with Java support, were not particularly successful, but if we should highlight that the 5810 had already integrated phone.

A nationwide CDMA GSM devicesThe worldwide success of RIM, although the company is Canadian, began in the United States, and was from the series 5000 and 6000, models initially prepared for GSM networks, when RIM began to make CDMA versions of its terminals. The 6750 It was the first CDMA Verizon Wireless-ready.

The CDMA versions continued in the series 7200 (with color display) with the 7250 (in the picture below). It was also the first BlackBerry model with Bluetooth. At this point, the devices were performing for the two networks, GSM and CDMA, XX50 nomenclature used the latter to be differentiated.

The 7270 were the first the company wifi devices and the 7500 they had support for the Motorola iDEN network, highlighting the 7520 with integrated GPS.

Appears SureTypeIf by something the BlackBerry are differentiated is by its full QWERTY keyboard, however, there are people who find these terminals a little bulky, so they decided to create SureType, a keyboard with two letters per button (reducing the size of the appliance). The first model with this feature was the 7100t, released for T-Mobile at the end of 2004. From the 7100t emerged versions CDMA and iDEN.

SureType He finished off in 2006 with the launch of the BlackBerry Pearl. The breakthrough that accompanied to the Pearl was a trackball. The Perl was small enough to start this experiment, it is possible to operate the trackball while holding the device in one hand.

The original Pearl was designed for GSM networks, but at the end of 2007, with the Pearl 8130 gave support to CDMA networks. Soon after, have emerged as the 8110 with GPS models, or the 8120 with Wifi.

The 8000 familyBefore the success of the Pearl, and when the world was filled with Smartphones, BlackBerry hit the market with another series, the 8700. Devices of elegant appearance, which were announced in November 2005, and helped to RIM to arrive at the figure of 5 million users in March 2006.

There are three models in the series 8700, one for GSM networks with EDGE, one for GSM networks without EDGE (UMTS in the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong and Singapore), W-CDMA in Japan, and one for CDMA EVDO networks.

February 12, 2007, the series presented 8800. It is the first conventional BlackBerry with a trackball, you would have CDMA version that would be called 8830, and the 8820 for GSM networks, to which was added WiFi.

And finally, CurveWhile the 8700 and 8800 are very complete devices, they had some gaps against the competition, as for example the absence of camera, the idea of RIM was not to include cameras, because it was not well seen from the professional point of view, could be considered to the BlackBerry one element uncomfortable in certain circumstances. Better thinking, in May 2007 RIM decided to put on the market a model with 2 Mega-Pixel camera, the Curve, in September of that year, T-Mobile added a variant with WiFi, the 8320, and at the same time a version that works on CDMA Networks.

The 9000 series and beyondThe series 8000 becoming older, seems to be time for RIM to teach something new, and it is speculated that it will be in August of this year when we have new model. Patent with slider keyboards or touch screens have been, and sure some of these options will be present in the 9000 series.

For RIM the line that divided general consumers who need a tool of business is ever more blurred, so following safe model that does not forget any. We look forward to the next chapter in the history of BlackBerry.

RIM and its award of the Academy of the OscarsAs anecdotal detail comment that RIM It won the award for technical progress in the year 1999 at the oscars gala, award in which he was involved Mihal Lazaridis, current President and CEO of the company.

ConclusionI suppose that the most knowledgeable on issues BlackBerry know missing many models in this list, but somehow I wanted to comment in a timeline leading models of global form, I hope at least that I have served to remember information, or else you’ve learned more concerning the BlackBerry.

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